Academic Historian

Tekla Ali Johnson earned a Ph.D. in history with an emphasis in African American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005.  At UNL she studied under World System Theorist Andre Gunder Frank and was introduced to Africology at the Black Studies Department at UNO.  Ali Johnson has taught history and African American Studies at North Carolina A & T State University, and at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was Coordinator of the African & African American Studies Minor, Coordinator of the History Program, and was the co-founder of an emerging Concentration in Public History.   Dr. Johnson recently published ‘Free Radical’:  Ernest Chambers, Black Power and the Politics of Race  (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2011).  She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of History at Salem College, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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St. Martin De Porres Club (1947- )

The St. Martin De Porres Club was founded in 1947 by Father John P. Markoe, S.J., a  priest, and Creighton University students interested in local civil rights issues in Omaha, Nebraska.   Father Markoe was assigned to St. Benedict the Moor Parish at 2423 Grant Street … Read MoreSt. Martin De Porres Club (1947- )

Henry Plummer Cheatham (1857-1935)

Born into slavery in Henderson, North Carolina, Henry Cheatham was the child of an enslaved domestic worker about who little is known.  An adolescent after the American Civil War, Cheatham benefited from country’s short lived commitment to provide educational opportunities to all children.  He attended … Read MoreHenry Plummer Cheatham (1857-1935)

Wilmington Race Riot of 1898

A politically motivated attack by whites against the city’s leading African American citizens, the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 documents the lengths to which white Democrats went to regain political domination of the South after Reconstruction.  The violence began on Thursday, November 10 in the … Read MoreWilmington Race Riot of 1898

Joseph Alfred McNeil (1942- )

One of the four North Carolina Agricultural & Technical freshmen who initiated the Sit-In Movement at Greensboro, North Carolina. A native of North Carolina, Joseph McNeil saw Greensboro’s race relations as a mirror image of the social structure of most southern cities. McNeil recalls having … Read MoreJoseph Alfred McNeil (1942- )

Franklin Eugene McCain (1941-2014)

Franklin McCain was born on January 3, 1941 in Union County, North Carolina.  He grew up in Washington, D.C. but returned to his native North Carolina to attend college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. McCain and his roommate, David Richmond, had followed … Read MoreFranklin Eugene McCain (1941-2014)

Ernest William Chambers (1937- )

Ernest William Chambers, Africana intellectual, has lived in the semi-segregated community of North Omaha, Nebraska for his entire life. A community activist in the 1960s, Chambers rode into office in the Nebraska State Legislature on the crest of new-black electoral power in 1970. As a … Read MoreErnest William Chambers (1937- )

George Henry White (1852-1918)

George H. White served as a member of the fifty-fifth and fifty-sixth United States Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1901) from North Carolina’s Second Congressional District during what historian Rayford Logan has termed the nadir in race relations for the post-Reconstruction South. Born in Rosindale, … Read MoreGeorge Henry White (1852-1918)